• Club President and Financial Services Manager. This is Kaitlyn Akers lifesaving pathway.
  • Gary Ferriera is a Rescue Water Craft Operator and member of the Australian Defence Force.
  • Firefighter and Sports Official. This is Simon Johnstone's pathway.
  • Chief Training Officer & Helicopter Crewman. This is Andrew McNeilly.
Find YourPathway

FIND YOUR PATHWAY

There’s a role for everyone in Surf Life Saving, and the experiences and opportunities that you’ll face each day are never the same.

The skills you learn along the way will not only save lives and help the community, but potentially put you on the pathway to places you never thought possible.

You will also meet people from all walks of life, form lifelong friendships and have fun along the way.

We save lives, and we change lives.

Find your pathway.

About Pathways

 

ABOUT PATHWAYS

Have you ever thought about becoming a surf lifesaver? Or perhaps you’re already a member and would like to know what other opportunities are available to you within the movement?

Each and every year, thousands of men, women and young adults across the state line up to patrol Queensland’s coastline, providing a vital community service and saving thousands of lives in the process.

However, off the beach and behind the scenes, there are literally hundreds of other jobs and opportunities available to those who aren’t confident in the water or don’t want to get their feet wet. Whether it’s a surf sports coach, a club treasurer, a BBQ coordinator or a junior activities age manager, there’s a role for everyone in surf life saving.

Importantly, becoming a surf lifesaver also offers many opportunities both within and outside of the movement.

There is an almost endless scope of lifesaving-related careers available to members, the likes of taking up a medical profession or joining the Defence Force or other emergency services, and many of these doors are opened and supported by the skills learnt during your time as a surf lifesaver.

The Pathways project is all about showcasing the opportunities that lifesaving opens up to all, regardless of age, gender, shape or size. We’ve used real volunteers to share real stories about their involvement within the movement – how it’s shaped them personally, and benefited them professionally.

Whether you’re a new member, current member or a lifesaver returning after a few years’ break, we encourage you to look through the countless opportunities that are available for you to pursue, both on and off the beach. It might just put you on the pathway to a place you never imagined.

ARE YOU A LIFESAVER?

If you are already involved in surf lifesaving, find new pathways based on your current role.  If you are new to surf lifesaving, you can explore all the roles and opportunities available by choosing an area of interest.

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WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

Select an area of interest, such as patrol member, to find out more information. 

Entry roles
Nipper
Observer
Patrol Member – Bronze
Patrol Member – First Aid
Patrol Member – Radio Operator
Patrol Member – Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Surf Rescue Certificate
Junior Activities (Nippers) roles
Age Manager
Canteen and BBQ Coordinator
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Fundraising Coordinator
Gear Steward
Junior Activities Chairperson
Junior Registrar
Uniform Officer
Water Safety
Water Safety Supervisor
Operations Support (Jet ski, helicopters, rescue boats, etc.) roles
Duty Officer
Helicopter Crew
Offshore Rescue Boat
Peer Support Officer
Rescue Water Craft Operator
SurfCom Operator
Sports roles
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Development Coach
Event First Aid
Foundation Coach
High Performance Coach
Performance Coach
Sports Official
Sports Official – Level 2
Sports Official – Level 3
Surf Sport Athlete
Team Manager
Water Safety
Club Management roles
Chief Training Officer
Club Administrator
Club Captain
Club President
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Deputy President
Director of Lifesaving
Director of Surf Sports
Junior Club Captain
Youth & Membership Development Officer
Further Education roles
Assessor
Community Awareness Presenter
Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew
Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver
Lifeguard
Patrol Captain
Patrol Member – Advanced Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Pain Management
Trainer
Entry roles
Nipper
Observer
Patrol Member – Bronze
Patrol Member – First Aid
Patrol Member – Radio Operator
Patrol Member – Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Surf Rescue Certificate
Junior Activities (Nippers) roles
Age Manager
Canteen and BBQ Coordinator
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Fundraising Coordinator
Gear Steward
Junior Activities Chairperson
Junior Registrar
Uniform Officer
Water Safety
Water Safety Supervisor
Operations Support (Jet ski, helicopters, rescue boats, etc.) roles
Duty Officer
Helicopter Crew
Offshore Rescue Boat
Peer Support Officer
Rescue Water Craft Operator
SurfCom Operator
Sports roles
Chaperone
Club Photographer
Development Coach
Event First Aid
Foundation Coach
High Performance Coach
Performance Coach
Sports Official
Sports Official – Level 2
Sports Official – Level 3
Surf Sport Athlete
Team Manager
Water Safety
Club Management roles
Chief Training Officer
Club Administrator
Club Captain
Club President
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Deputy President
Director of Lifesaving
Director of Surf Sports
Junior Club Captain
Youth & Membership Development Officer
Further Education roles
Assessor
Community Awareness Presenter
Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew
Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver
Lifeguard
Patrol Captain
Patrol Member – Advanced Resuscitation
Patrol Member – Pain Management
Trainer

Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver

Take your surf and rescue skills to the next level and get out on the water in an inflatable rescue boat.

The inflatable rescue boat (IRB) is a vital piece of Surf Life Saving equipment, requiring two people to operate. As the driver you are responsible for safely and efficiently negotiating the surf while driving the IRB and communicating effectively with the crew member to ensure the safe operation of the craft, the safety of your crew and patient/s.

As the IRB driver you may also be called upon to assist in conducting search and rescue operations and as such, liaising with other emergency response services as required.

"Surf life saving made me grow as a person, it’s given me a family. It’s taken me out of my shell & helped develop my personal skills. It's one of the best things I’ve ever done."

JAMES – SURFCOM OPERATOR

Requirements

IRB Drivers must be:

  • a minimum of 17 years old on day of course commencement, and
  • at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • the holder of a current recreational marine drivers license (needs to be obtained externally to the surf life saving education structure) to meet local state/NT marine licensing requirements.

Applicants must be also proficient in the following awards:

  • SLSA Bronze Medallion
  • IRB Crew Certificate
  • Radio Operators Certificate

Training

Similar to the IRB Crew course, the IRB Driver course is conducted over 3-4 separate days to expose the candidate to varying conditions whilst driving to provide them with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and maintain an IRB in surf rescue operations.

This Course Covers

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver
  • Drive an IRB
  • Perform rescues in an IRB as a driver
  • Prepare and maintain IRB motor.

Nationally Recognised Units

Upon completion of the course, the following Nationally Recognised units will be awarded:

  • PUASAR014A: Operate and maintain a small powercraft and motor for rescue operations
  • PUAEQU001B: Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

Further Opportunites

If you wish to push your skills to the next level, a natural progression is to the roles of Water Safety, Patrol Captain or RWC Operator.

Career Pathways

Lifeguard
Helicopter Crewperson
Event Watersafety

Opportunities

Rescue Water Craft Operator
Patrol Captain
Water Safety